15 Poverty Facts Every Canadian Should Know


1. The number of people in the world living on less than $2 a day has declined 35% since 1990.

2. A vast majority of the global poor live in rural areas, are poorly educated, and farm for their livelihood.

3. Over half of the global poor are under the age of 18.

Women and Girls

8. 50 percent of pregnant women in developing countries suffer from anemia.

9. 110,000 women die during childbirth each year.

10. Over half of the developing world's primary schools don't have access to water and sanitation facilities. Without toilets, girls often drop out of school at puberty.

11. Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys to be the family member responsible for fetching water. The average container for water collection in Africa weighs over 40 lbs when full.

Hunger & Malnutrition

4. The number of hungry people in the world is actually decreasing! There are 216 million fewer hungry people today than in 1992, despite a 1.9 billion increase in the world’s population.

5. 45 percent of deaths among children under 5 have malnutrition as an underlying cause.

6. 2 billion people in the world suffer from micronutrient deficiencies (that's nearly one third of our total global population!).

7. 795 million people – one in nine – still go to bed on an empty stomach each night.

Water & Sanitation

12. Nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths of children under the age of five is due to a water-related disease.

13. Twice the population of the United States lives without access to safe water.

14. In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.

15. More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.





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Food for the Hungry: 15 Poverty Facts Every Canadian Should Know
15 Poverty Facts Every Canadian Should Know
Food for the Hungry
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